Cosmetic surgery: How far is too far?

Cosmetic surgery: How far is too far?
How far is too far?

While the majority of plastic surgery patients only opt for one or two procedures, there is a select crowd of people who undergo a string of expensive and extensive surgeries to drastically alter their appearance. These recipients may be small in number, but they tend to garner large amounts of media attention, most of which is generally negative. 

Whether they're dropping dollars to look like Justin Bieber or shelling cash to resemble a Kardashian, these individuals leave us wondering: How far is too far when it comes to plastic surgery?

Real-life Ken doll had almost 150 surgeries
Ukranian model Valeria Lykyanova became Internet famous after she received the nickname of the real-life Barbie, but she holds steady on her claim that her looks are all natural. Justin Jedlica however, who has recently earned the title of real-life Ken, is not shy about admitting to his plastic surgeries. The 33-year-old has appeared on the TV shows "My Strange Addiction" and "The Doctors" to discuss his 145 cosmetic procedures - which include bicep implants, buttock augmentation, a rhinoplasty and chin implants, just to name a few. According to Radar Online, Jedlica has spent more than $168,000 on his enhancements. In November 2013, Jedlica appeared on the Bethenny show to discuss his appearance.

"For me, my surgeries began when I was younger because I felt like I didn't like my nose, but what happened to me going through that process was that I actually gained a sense of confidence and self-esteem from that surgery," Jedlica said during the episode.

Jedlica appeared alongside Toby Sheldon, a songwriter who spent more than $100,000 to look identical to Justin Bieber. Both men have faced criticism due to their appearances, but neither expressed regret for their decisions.

Twins spend more than $200,000 to look identical
Sisters Anna and Lucy DeCinque were recently featured in the March issue of In Touch magazine, detailing how much time and money they have spent on creating identical bodies. According to the magazine, the sisters have spent $98,000 on cosmetic procedures and $115,000 on follow-ups, undergoing operations that include microdermabrasian, cosmetic eyebrow tattoos, lip fillers and breast augmentation. In addition to sharing the exact same fitness routine and procedure history, the girls also have the same phone, car, job and boyfriend. Anna told the source that they are no stranger to attention, especially from strangers.

"People constantly come up to us on the streets," she said. "When we go out, guys tell us they want to marry us. Not just one of us - both."

Most patients never spend near $100,000 in plastic surgery or want to change their entire physical appearance to look like another person. Stories of sensational plastic surgery make good news, but do not represent the majority of patients looking to make small corrections and feel more self confident.